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November 9, 2009 3:37:57 PM

I HAVE AN OLD ALIEWARE EXTREME P4 PC I WANT TO USE AS PARTS
CASE,HD IDE ,DISK DRIVES IDE

I NEAD A NEW RIG FOR GAMING,SERVER(CONTROL ONLY 3 OTHER PC)
JUST WANT TO PLAY GTA IV MEDIUM TO HIGH IF POSSIBLE
MY BUGET IS 400-600 $ I CAN GO UP TO 1000

I DO OVERCLOCK

WHAT I HAVE NOW IS



AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Obsidian 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX GeForce 9400 GT PVT94GZAFG Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 9, 2009 5:58:49 PM

You memory isnt triple channel, you should be doing dual channel 4GB. You dont need 6 and the third stick could slow you down.

That CPU is a top performer, its your graphics card that is horribly outdated. If you were to get an ATI 5850 graphics card (around $300) you would have an awesome gaming system. The problem is 5850s are really hard to find right now. If you are not playing on a hi res monitor, the 5770 (around $165) would probably be good enough. Whats your monitor resolution?

The only other question is what kind of power supply you have. You may need to upgrade the power supply to handle a real graphics card.
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November 9, 2009 6:20:48 PM

nvidia chipset based mb are crap, do your self a favor, get a amd chipset based mb and a ati gpu
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November 9, 2009 6:45:01 PM

I'd get rid of some of those IDE devices. No newer mobos have enough IDE ports. You'll end up having to buy an add on IDE controller just to have the needed ports. A SATA hard drive would do good to speed up your system anyway. Check out this drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 10, 2009 5:05:20 PM

so is dual channel better what brand do you reccomend
what mobo is better for this cpu overclocking,speed,stability
is air cooling good enough
i am getting 2 used sata hardrives 1 tb and 500gb 10000 rpm for 50 $what confiq raid?
my moniter is 1024x768 i 'm going to get a 50 inch 1080 later on
best graphics card for 200
need new psu old p4 psu loud
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November 10, 2009 5:39:51 PM

These G.skill ripjaws would be fine for your build
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's a Asus 790x combo with that AMD 945. It's a good mobo for OCng.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

It's probably a good idea to get a cooler if you're going to OC. How many fans does the alienware case have?

What model hard drives are they? Hopefully you got them from a reputable place.

You're going to need much more than that 9400gt for a 50 inch screen. I would suggest the 4890
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a single video card setup, this PSU would be good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 10, 2009 6:39:31 PM

the case has 5 fans one to cool hardrives one to circulate air 3 to blow out air
what cooler would be best for the cpu
both are western digital i got it from my friend 2x1tb and a 500gb for 50$+ dvd rom
is there a benefit for dual video cards
i also need a basic tv tuner
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November 10, 2009 6:51:43 PM

10k rpm @ 1tb??? Velociraptors only come in 300 and 150gb...
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November 10, 2009 6:53:30 PM

You may want to double check on the hard drives because the raptors and velociraptors are the only 10k WD drives and they didn't come in those sizes.

SLI and crossfire (more than a single card setup) are used to increase the graphics power. It's a cheaper way to upgrade graphics, so you don't have to always go out and buy the high end cards.

Here's a nice rank of the CPU coolers
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
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November 10, 2009 6:55:47 PM

^^ Yeah I think you might be getting ripped
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November 10, 2009 7:16:32 PM

yeah there 7200 rpm
THE BUILD SO FAR
AMD Phenom II X4 955 WITH Asus 790x 266 AFTER REBATES
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.293441
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V (WILL THIS BE ENOUGH WATTS?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ALL I NEED IS A TV TUNER AND OS I HAVE XP PRO NEVER USED(0$) AND WIN 7 ULTIMATE (250 AT FRIENDS STRORE IS IT WORTH IT)
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November 10, 2009 7:27:08 PM

I'm probably not the one to ask about tuner cards, I havne't done much with them.

Is there a reason you want to run a RAID array? Were you looking for data security or performance?
With the drives you're talking about, you aren't going to get much, if any performance increase.

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November 10, 2009 7:33:44 PM

OK NO RAID
SO ANY ADVISE ON TUNER CARDS OR SHOULD I GET A DVR
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November 10, 2009 7:39:35 PM

I don't have much experience with them....

I would probably just get DVR. I have it and have no complaints. A nice feature is being able to access the recorded shows from different TVs.
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November 10, 2009 8:00:41 PM

I've used Hauppauge TV tuner cards with great success. I highly recommend the HVR-2250.

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail $129.99

The problem is your OS, though. Windows XP Pro doesn't have Media Center and Windows 7 Ultimate is a waste of money. I would get Windows 7 Home Premium. Here's a combo deal with the Sapphire 4890 + 64-bit Windows 7 which makes the OS only $90.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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November 10, 2009 8:36:45 PM

That old Zalman CPU cooler is outdated. There are lots of better performing coolers for less money.

Xigmatec S1283 Rifle Cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Look at frostytech.com for cooler rankings. Those old Zalman round ones were at the top a few years ago, but the new direct contact tower coolers are better. Zalmans latest cooler (CPNS10X) is also a direct contact tower cooler.
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November 18, 2009 1:51:23 PM

i bougth these parts
AMD Phenom II X4 955 WITH Asus 790x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.293441
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V (WILL THIS BE ENOUGH WATTS?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
I also bougth the 3 windows 7 upgrade deal
just going to buy a dvr for now
thanks for all the help
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